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Old 11-22-2012, 07:10 AM   #41 
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My tap water has .25ppm ammonia in it. Test the tank water before my water change in my cycled tank and it's .25ppm as well as right after the water change. I use prime as my conditioner. So I generally assume the .25ppm is my baseline reading
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Your ammonia reading just before a water change should be 0.0ppm in a cycled tank.

Even though you're adding ammonia during a water change, it's still important to do it to remove DOCs and to remineralize.

Using 2drop/gal Prime in your refill water will convert the ammonia. Use it every other day or whenever ammonia shows in the tank.
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Your ammonia reading just before a water change should be 0.0ppm in a cycled tank.

Even though you're adding ammonia during a water change, it's still important to do it to remove DOCs and to remineralize.

Using 2drop/gal Prime in your refill water will convert the ammonia. Use it every other day or whenever ammonia shows in the tank.
OK thanks....Ammonia is present at all times at .25ppm in the tank even after adding the prime....Im guessing this is just ammonium. I recently went to a planted tank as well. My readings yesterday before and after my 50% change of a 10g were A=0.25ppm NI=0 NA=5ppm. all levels were the same after the change and conditioner
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I have read water dechorantator removes ammonia.
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I am not overly concerned as Arthur is doing great and the ammonia levels never seem to get past .25ppm. I am hoping as well that with the addition of the live plants that they should help to maintain a healthy eco system
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Bettas can do a few months before problems. Aquariums are never ecosystems.
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Good on the live plants, as much as you can handle. Sometimes they work better than cycling, it seems.
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They help cycling.
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The nitrogen cycle is the growing of nitrifying bacteria to consume and/or convert organic toxins---ammonia and nitrites.

Plants consume ammonia as a nutrient, while ignoring the cycle altogether. Plants do not help cycling. They have nothing to do with cycling.
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Ponds are cycled and they have plants. They maybe take some but there is still enough left for cycling.
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